Eight Weeks and Counting

Oh dear, one does begin these projects with the very best of intentions, and then Life intervenes and before any time at all, one is off in Switzerland or being consulted on a case in Costa Rica and the communication with friends suffers.
And here I meant to keep you all abreast of these cases on which Holmes and I are asked to advise. However, now that the Olympics are about to descend on the south of England, the security forces require us more than ever.

Needs must. And when one considers the general state of most people our ages, one is pleased to be of use.

Still, in the minutes left to me before donning yet another disguise and slipping up into London, I promised my editor, Laurie King, that I would post a note here concerning the upcoming publication.

Garment of Shadows (http://www NULL.laurierking NULL.com/books/mary-russell/garment-of-shadows-2012) is to publish eight weeks from today in America, and somewhat later in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. I will say that this is one of the better titles she has laid upon my memoirs, and two very nice covers, as well. One does so wish to be clothed in interesting garb, full of personality without being flashy.

This, the twelfth volume of my memoirs (thirteenth, if one were to count the shorter episode entitled “Beekeeping for Beginners”) takes place in one of the most fascinating sites I have yet to encounter. The city of Fez, Morocco, was an extraordinary place in which to wake following a blow to the head, since the ensuing uncertainty of the intellect found a remarkable parallel in the uncertainty of the town itself, a wild tangle of unlit streets and exotic types, into which—

Drat, this post is not to be finished. I must apologise for breaking this off, but Holmes has come in and is insisting that there is a high degree of urgency, that the Prime Minister—but I shall return later.


  1. Fan of Deduction says:

    Cant wait for the book to be put in my hands by the librarian! and great cover! I am so excited for this!!!!!!

    • Mary Russell says:

      Bless all librarians.

      • Jill Altman says:

        As a librarian I thank you. I must say I have always appreciated the regard you give librarians In your memoirs. Despite my love of her books I will never completely forgive Ms. Rowling for her treatment of our kind.

      • Fan of Deduction says:

        I’m thankfull to my amazing librarians who will occasionally give me a good treat or to when i am there for 10hours at a time, plus they let me go behind the counter a lot to help them shelve books

  2. Eileen Andrews says:

    So excited Mary Russell has a blog! Looking forward to catch up with her – now and again. Cannot wait for the new book!

    • Mary Russell says:

      I’m pleased you have found my blog. Are you on Twitter? I communicated daily with my followers from my mary_russell (http://twitter NULL.com/mary_russell) account. There will be many opportunities to win an ARC of “Garment of Shadows” in the next 8 weeks. I hope you will enter and wish you good luck if you do.

      Mary Russell

  3. Rose says:

    Dear Miss Russell,
    This may not be the optimal place for this, but as I cannot for the life of me figure out Twitter (way to go, by the way, you’re quite a woman), this is the only place I can think of, and I would never dream of asking your email address, if indeed you do possess one, as that would be extremely rude.
    I’m sure you’ve hear this many, many times over, but I admire you very, very much. Your memoirs always manage to make me laugh, no matter how bad my day has been, and I truly hope you and Ms King (she does prefer Ms, yes? Never mind, you cannot be expected to know everything, although sometimes I wonder…) keep collaborating to bring the general, unlucky population (like me) who cannot venture out on these heart-stopping adventures the stories of how you and Mr Holmes manage to solve such adventuresome cases.
    I should very much like to meet you, but as I said previously, it would be extremely rude to presume that I have the right to come to your home (and, as I have no means of getting to Sussex, would be quite impossible). Ah, well, a girl can dream.
    I hope you have a wonderful day, and a blessed life. Please keep being as awe-inspiring and intelligent as you are now (and by the way, I do appreciate your wit. It always makes me laugh, as I have mentioned before).
    God bless, and shalom.

    • Mary Russell says:

      Thank you, Rose. Ms King and I appreciate the support of all those who read my memoirs. As you can imagine, Holmes and I value our privacy so, no, I won’t give out the address of our cottage.

      I’m sorry you find Twitter difficult to understand, but you can access my twitter posts by going to (http://www NULL.twitter NULL.com/mary_russell) This will not allow you to post a tweet to me, but you can read what I have posted. If you ever do open your own twitter account, please send me a tweet and I will respond. I use twitter as a quick and easy way to connect with my readers and to dispense information regarding my memoirs and the novels Ms King writes.

      God bless and shalom to you too.


  4. Jett Sophia says:

    I very much enjoyed reading Garment of Shadows. It is one of the many Mary Russell books that I like best. This week, lying in bed with pneumonia, and without enough energy to read, I listened to the ones I like best, all of which I’ve listened to before. After The God of the Hive, and beginning to feel better, I was greatly looking forward to listening to Garment of Shadows for the first time.

    That was yesterday, and the disappointment I felt then is still sharp in my chest. Holmes portrayed as a lugubrious old man with indistinct speech!??! How could that have come to be? I had to concentrate hard to recognize when the narrator was speaking and when Holmes was speaking, because the actor used the same voice for nearly all the characters and only added various odd accents in an attempt do distinguish them. Then I had a terrible thought: Will he use this same gravelly, mushy voice for Mahmoud? For Ali? A lugubrious Ali? Oh no. I couldn’t continue listening.

    Jenny Sterlin’s Holmes spoke with a crisp and distinct diction, and with great energy. I pictured him as quick witted, sharp-witted, and nimble. This new Holmes I picture as elderly, portly, and slow of thought — a retired school master gone a bit to seed. Would Ali likewise have lost his nimble mind and nimble foot? I couldn’t bear it.

    Will you bring Jenny’s Holmes back? Please?

    All that being said, I do want to thank you for your books. I enjoy them immensely.


    • Mary Russell says:

      Thank you for your praise of my memoirs. It is always pleasing to hear they are enjoyed by the readers.

      Thank you, also, for your comments regarding the production of the audio book of Garment of Shadows. I will pass them on to the powers that be, although I have little, if any, influence on how they are recorded.



  5. Jett Sophia says:

    Thank you. If the powers that be don’t pay attention, I’ll be sad. I’d hate to lose the recordings of your memoirs, but I’ll always have the books. Thanks again for those.


  6. Nick Thomas says:

    Dear Miss Russell,
    What do you and Mr. Holmes think of modern music? Please reply.

    • Mary Russell says:

      I have always had a tin ear, which Holmes doesn’t completely understand, so my opinion is rather useless. Holmes, on the other hand, loves music, anything he finds melodious he enjoys. Sometimes he plays to clear his mind and that can be pretty discordant.


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